NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Saint Anselm College men's basketball team came out on top in a head-to-head battle against Northeast-10 Conference divisional leaders on Tuesday. The Hawks picked up a 113-99 victory over the Owls from Southern Connecticut State University at the Moore Field House.
Saint Anselm, ranked 15th in NCAA Division II by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and 21st according to the D2SIDA Men's Basketball National Poll, improves to 13-2 overall and to 9-1 against the Northeast-10 Conference. Southern Connecticut State, the Southwest Division's leading program, falls to 10-7 overall and to 5-4 against league foes.
The Hawks reached 113 points for only the 15th time in program history, dating back to the squad's varsity inception in 1934. Saint Anselm scored 113 points last season, doing so on Jan. 25, 2018 against NYIT – the squad has only reached over 110 points on five occasions since the 2000-01 campaign.
Senior Tim Guers (Langhorne, Pa.) led the way with 30 points, moving to third place all-time in career point scoring, passing Thomas Baudinet '11 who recorded 1,957 points in a Hawks jersey from 2007 to 2011. Guers stands only 23 points shy of becoming the third student-athlete in program history to reach the 2,000 career point plateau.
Six student-athletes, including Guers, reached double-digit point scoring totals. Sophomore Gustav Suhr-Jessen (Virum, Denmark) struck for 18 points with senior Cody Ball (Londonderry, N.H.) scoring 16. Sophomore Chris Paul (Highland Mills, N.Y.), classmate Alonzo Jackson (Medford, Mass.) and freshman Miles Tention (Palo Alto, Calif.) each had 14 points for the Hawks. For Jackson and Tention, the 14 points were career-high marks.
The Hawks answered a quick start by the Owls with nine-straight points, building a 9-3 advantage with just under four minutes elapsed in the contest. Saint Anselm would score eight of the game's next 11 points after Southern Connecticut State cut the Hawks lead to 15-9, led by six points from Guers.
With time winding down in the first half, a late 14-4 run by Saint Anselm expanded the visitors lead to 57-31. In that span, the Hawks were 5-for-5 with three treys while limiting the Owls to only 1-of-4 shooting.
In the first half alone, the Hawks shot a blistering 65.7% mark from the floor, making 23-of-35 shots and burying all but one of its 11 free throw opportunities en route to a 65-41 lead at the break. Eight of the team's final nine three-point attempts found the bottom of the basket as well, building a game-high 27 point lead shortly before the end of the stanza.
Southern Connecticut State opened the second half by outscoring the Hawks, 17-13, through the first 10 minutes of action. The Owls would finish the second half with a 58-48 edge in scoring, but the Hawks held on to the lead throughout regulation time. C.J. Seaforth had 32 points off the bench for the Owls, followed by Kealan Ives' 27 points for the home team.
Saint Anselm returns to action this Saturday, Jan. 19, taking on American International College at 3:30 p.m.